Sunday Miscellany

Sunday Miscellany

Sunday, 9.10 - 10am


Sunday 18th March

Sunday Miscellany, 18th March 2018

On today's programme: The Cailleach and the Wise Fools by Nuala Hayes; Potatoes by Michael O’Connor; Céad Míle Fáilte – On Becoming An Irish Citizen by Bernadett Buda; St Patrick And The Avoca Miners, by Nick Coy; and Patrick Alone On The Reek, a poem by Geraldine Mitchell

Sunday 11th March

Sunday Miscellany, 11th March 2018

'While You Were Sleeping' by Finola Doyle O’Neill; 'Invictus' by Karl O'Neill; 'Speaking Gaeilge for the First Time' by Art Ó Súilleabháin; 'The Island of Birds' by Lani O’Hanlon; 'The Mockler' by Maurice Crowe and 'Joan, in Two Snapshots' a poem by Karen J McDonnell

Sunday 4th March

Sunday Miscellany, 4th March 2018

'Yesterday's Snow' by Mark Brennock; 'Frida and Me' by Rosaleen McDonagh, read by Kathleen Lawrence; 'Travelling East , the Winter of 2010', a poem by James Harpur; 'My Mother was a Scrubber' by Brian Farrell; 'Forest, Snow, A Train' a poem by Mary O'Donnell; 'Sliabh na mBan' by Catherine Foley and 'The Lost Days' by Adrian Kane

Sunday 25th February

Sunday Miscellany 25th February 2018

New Writing: Nuala Hayes- The Two James Barrys; John MacKenna- Wire Fences Make Good Neighbours ; Andrea Martin- A New Country; Frank Kavanagh- In Praise of Suburbia and Austin Clarke; Mary O'Malley- Letter to Nia

Sunday 18th February

Sunday Miscellany, 18th February 2018

On this morning’s programme, we heard: Lillibulero, by Michael O’Loughlin; The Adventures of Mark Twain by Nollaig Rowan; Ash Wednesday, a poem by Sighle Meehan; All the Olympians by Conall Hamill; The Robin by Catherine Foley; and The Piano Lesson by Art Ó Súilleabháin

Sunday 11th February

Sunday Miscellany, Sunday 11th February 2018

On this morning’s programme, we heard: Night Walk by Mary O’Malley; Bird Of Our Youth by Leo Cullen; The Poetry of the Obvious by Maolsheachlann Ó Ceallaigh; Cinema Paradiso, by Roslyn Dee; Friend, Roman, Countryman, by Brian Farrell; and Love Needs, a poem by Jean O’Brien.

Sunday 4th February

Sunday Miscellany, Sunday 4th February 2018

There is a Lake in Everyone's Heart by Art Ó Súilleabháin; Shackles and Chains by Clare O'Dea; Bird Incident, a poem by Fred Johnston; Happy Birthday Shop by Evelyn Conlon; Dawn Revenant by Frank Kavanagh and Saturday Night In Ballask by A M Cousins

Sunday 28th January

Podcast Sunday 28th January 2018

Bridget's Blanket by Eileen Keane; Weaving a Spell in the Liberties by Séamus Dooley; Lesson 2 from a Beach in Croatia by Julie Parsons; St Brigid Dreams of the Arrival of Spring, a poem by Geraldine Mitchell; Letter to Charles Harpur by James Harpur and A Baby For All Seasons by Olive Travers

Sunday 21st January

Podcast - Sunday 21st January 2018

Scriptio Continua by Jimmy Murphy; Sunkist in January by Mae Leonard; Tree Surgeon by Tim Carey; Winter Commons a poem by Geraldine Mitchell; Owed to Dolores by Kate O’Shaughnessy; And Sarah, Heroic Grandmother by Cyril Kelly

Sunday 14th January

Podcast: Sunday 14 January 2018

Mimi, by Nuala Hayes; From World’s End Lane to Foley Street, by Conall Hamill; An Unholy Tax, by Lourdes Mackey; Life with Furball, by Niall McArdle; and Phtalo Green, by Catherine Foley

Sunday 7th January

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany, 7 January 2018

A New Year’s Gift, by John MacKenna; Not Roses, Not Summer, by Lani O’Hanlon; From the Chicago Notebooks: Paradise Valley, by John F Deane; Family Matters, by Nollaig Rowan; The Summer House in Winter, Rossmore, Co. Cork, a poem by James Harpur; Indian Impasse, by Olive Travers

Sunday 31st December

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 31 December 2017

A Match Made in Mullinabro, by David Murray; Lessons From A Beach in Croatia, Number 1, by Julie Parsons; First Shift Back After Christmas, by Dermot Bolger; Journey of an Outcast, by Eileen Battersby; The Medicine of the Old Maid Josie Crosse, by Leo Cullen.

Monday 25th December

Podcast: Christmas Miscellany, 25 December 2017

NCH Live with RTÉCO Part 2: Maeve, Christmas and Unasked for Advice, Chris Binchy; A-Carolling We Would Go, Mae Leonard; Traveller Fashionista, Rosaleen McDonagh, read by Kathleen Lawrence; The Old Maid Josie Cross and the Lamb of God, Leo Cullen; Red Berries and Mango Blossoms, Lani O’Hanlon; A Lost Soul On Christmas Eve, Cyril Kelly

Sunday 17th December

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 17 December 2017

Live at the NCH with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra: Part 1: New writing: The Tended Art of Christmas, by Mary O’Donnell; In Times of Candle Light, a poem by Denise Blake; Going Home For Christmas, a poem by Dermot Bolger; December Babe, by AM Cousins; The Ghosts of Christmas Past, by Conall Hamill.

Sunday 10th December

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 10 December 2017

Culchie Day in the Big Smoke, by Robert Higgins; Midwinter Festivals, by Dympna Murray Fennell; How Children Celebrated Santa Claus in Communist Hungary, by Bernadett Buda; Elegy, for Aodán Mac Póilín, a poem by Gerald Dawe; Christmas Truce, Ardoyne, 1914, by Louise Kennedy; From the Chicago Diaries: the El, by John F Deane.

Sunday 3rd December

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 3 December 2017

A special recording at the Westport Town Hall Theatre as part of the Rolling Sun Book Festival. Readings: Junior Scientist, by Brian Leyden; Planning Perfection, by Áine Ryan; Sea Change, a poem by Geraldine Mitchell; George Boole and the Irish Rain, by Art Ó Súilleabháin; Rhett Butler Does the Drains, by Kate Kerrigan

Sunday 26th November

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 26 November 2017

New writing: He was a Quare One, by Conall Hamill; Adios, Ferdie, by Emer Woodfull; Pilgrimage to Inniskeen, a poem by Bernie Crawford; Swift, Handel and the Messiah, by Pat Dunne; Breacadh Lae ag Loch Baile Uí Scanláin/ Dawn at Ballyscanlon Lake, a poem by Róisín Sheehy; And You Never Know What’s Around The Bend, by Peter Duffy.

Sunday 19th November

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 19 November 2017

New writing: Meeting William Trevor, by Dolores McKenna; Prayers for Grenfell, by Julie Parsons; Climbing Mount Eros, by John MacKenna; Lunar Attraction, a poem by Nollaig Rowan; Imram, by Nuala Hayes; Walking to Myanmar, by Tom Farrell

Sunday 12th November

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 12 November 2017

New writings: That Night in November, by Yvonne Judge; Dry Stones and the myth of the early Irish Celtic Church, by Frank Kavanagh; A Sawdoctor’s Daughter, by Helen Shaw; Night At The Theatre, by Brian Farrell; Remembrance Sunday, by Jason Murphy.

Sunday 5th November

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 5 November 2017

New writing: And So A Year Has Passed, by John MacKenna; Northern Sky, by Clare O’Dea; From the Chicago Notebooks – Caskets, by John F Deane; My Lexicon Odyssey, by Mae Leonard; If I Could Sing, by Kevin Toolis

Sunday 29th October

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 29 October 2017

Ghost Stories, by Dympna Murray Fennell; Thank You Fats, by Brendan Graham, from the archives, to mark the death of Fats Domino; Trick or Treat, by AM Cousins; The Hellfire Club, William Wordsworth, and the Wrong Sort of Tourist, by Kevin McDermott; A Glimpse of Nosferatu, by Judith Mok; Philosopher, a poem by Vincent Woods.

Sunday 22nd October

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 22 October 2017

Recorded at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght as part of the Red Line Book Festival: The Night Poetry Came To The Suburbs, by Dermot Bolger; The Stolen Tulip, by Eileen Battersby; Are Ye Dancing? a poem by Sara Shine; Her Smile, a poem by Cyril Kelly; A Couple of Swells, by Eileen Casey; Synergy, by Rosaleen McDonagh, read by Kathleen Lawrence.

Sunday 15th October

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 15 October 2017

New writing: From the Chicago Notebooks: The Fall, by John F Deane; Mobile Communications, by Denise Blake; The Headless Angels of St Nicholas’s Church, Galway City, a poem by James Harpur; Rwandan Redemption, by Mark Brennock; I Will Arise And Go Now, And Go To Ballycumber, by Conall Hamill; Rural Sounds, a poem, by Denise Blake.

Sunday 8th October

Podcast: Sunday 8 October 2017

New writing: Fritz and the Action Man Washeteria, by Emer Horgan; Theatre of the Void, by Brian Leyden; Lough Oigheann, by Yvonne Judge; The Castle Cinema, by John McKenna; Finding Mabel Cahill, by Paul Rouse, recorded on 22 September at Dublin Castle for Culture night

Sunday 1st October

Sunday Miscellany: 1 October 2017

A special programme recorded on Culture Night at the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle. Contributors: Flotsam and Jetsam, by Andrea Martin; Red Hugh and the Flight To Spain, by Mary O’Donnell; Pelican House, by Rachel Fehily; The Mind Is Its Own Place, by Conall Hamill.

Sunday 24th September

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 24 September 2017

New essays and Poetry: Contagious Egg-centricity, by Fiona Hyland; JP Donleavy and Literary Dublin, by Jimmy Murphy; The Legendary Paterakis Brothers, by Roslyn Dee; Tramjaxed, a poem by Phil Lynch; Four Hours In Munich, by Mae Leonard; And, in memory of the late Jimmy Magee, ‘Me and Jimmy Magee’, by John Scally.

Sunday 17th September

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 17 September 2017

New essays and poetry: Drumcondra Today – Where Fate Comes Out To Play, by Cyril Kelly; Maybe Some Day, by Carol Nicholas; The Curse of ‘the Curse’, by Tom Rowley; And We Learnt On Small Feet, a poem by Lani O’Hanlon; The Flag, by Kevin Mallon; An Old Gael’s ‘Field of Dreams’, by Chris Shouldice.

Sunday 10th September

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 10 September 2017

New essays and poetry: The Well Lived Life, by Brian Leyden; Louisa, Jo and Me, by AM Cousins; September 14th, 1947, by Tom Nestor; Blackberry Season, by Catherine Foley; Legendary Mountains, by Norman Freeman; A Kaleidoscope of Days, a poem, by Catherine Foley.

Sunday 3rd September

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 3 September 2017

New essays and poetry: Up for the Match, by Paddy Moran; First Days, by Mary O'Donnell; The West's Awake, by Orlaith Mannion; A Stranger, and You Took Me In, by Conall Hamill; Homewards Across the Bog of Allen, a poem, also by Mary O'Donnell; Soaring Sliotar, by Jack Hanna.

Sunday 27th August

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 27 August 2017

New essays and poetry: Mr Heaney, Mr Keats and Me, by AM Cousins; Kickouts, by Pat Coleman; Tea in the Hayfield, by Olive Travers; The Yellow Steeple, by Pat Dunne; Paris in the Fall, by Mae Leonard; Of Mist, a poem by Lani O’Hanlon.

Sunday 20th August

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 20 August 2017

New essays: The Ditch, by Eileen Battersby; How Do Towns Change? By Leo Cullen; Cabinet of Curiosities, by Rosita Boland; Duende, by Lani O’Hanlon; From the Chicago Notebooks: The Lake, by John F Deane

Sunday 13th August

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 13 August 2017

New essays and poetry: Rebel Cork: Contender or Pretender, by Lourdes Mackey; Sand, a poem by Fred Johnston; Remembering Kate O’Brien, by Catherine Foley; The 16th of August, 1917, by Magdalen O’Connell; The Wind off Gloria Bog, by Brian Leyden; The Holy Children of Our Lady’s Island, by A.M. Cousins

Sunday 6th August

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 6 August 2017

New essays:Salty Butter, by Leo Cullen; The Year of the Whale, by Maura Gilligan; The Guano Age, by John Walsh; Wetsuit Waves, by Rosita Boland; Thirty-eight Words for Seaweed, by Conall Hamill

Sunday 30th July

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 30 July 2017

Meeting Hedd Wynn in Le Cirio, Rue de La Bourse, a Letter, by Nerys Williams; Time is a Chameleon, by Cyril Kelly; Soul Searching on the Sabbath, by Áine Ryan; Wounds, a poem by Catherine Phil MacCarthy; We’re With The Band, by Lani O’Hanlon; Taxing the Bachelors, a poem for Francis Ledwidge and Hedd Wynn, by Nerys Williams.

Sunday 23rd July

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 23 July 2017

New essays: Trivia, by Paddy Moran; Birthdays, by Judith Mok; Dance of the City, a poem by Paddy Bushe; Ghost Stories, by Fred Johnston; From Potatoes to Pomegranates, by Olive Travers; Fairies on Woodstown Strand, a poem by Catherine Foley; Good Weather, a poem by Fred Johnston.

Sunday 16th July

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 16 July 2017

Her Broken Heart, by Eileen Battersby; The German Refugees of Limerick, by Jody Clarke; Cloudheads Inc., a poem by Mary O’Donnell; Irish Dancing, by Noelle Lynskey; Waiting for the UFOs Way Back in the 1960s, by Frank Kavanagh; Other Ways of Singing, by Lani O’Hanlon; Portora Royal, a poem by James Harpur.

Sunday 9th July

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 9 July 2017

New essays and poetry: Late Bus Home, by Andrea Martin; Olé GAA, by Garry Ahern; Dónal Óg, in memory of Dónal Toolan, written by Rosaleen McDonagh and read by Kathleen Lawrence; Max’s Wedding, by Kate Kerrigan; Men of Letters, by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh.

Sunday 2nd July

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 2 July 2017

New writing: Spider Plants Make Good Family, by Susan Norton; Farewell to Erin, a poem by Paddy Kehoe; Guitar Man, by Fred Johnston; Paul Revere was a Tattletale, by Lourdes Mackey; Sliced Backhand Cross Court Lob, by Cyril Kelly; The Letter, by Marguerite McCurtain.

Sunday 25th June

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 25 June 2017

New essays and poetry: With Gratitude, by Andrea Martin; Reeling in the Tribune Years, by Séamus Dooley; Broken Syntax, a poem by Jean O'Brien; And In My Heart a Sudden Flower, by Vawn Corrigan; Three Kisses, by Conall Hamill; Land of Dreams, a poem in memory of Dermot Healy, by Gerald Dawe

Sunday 18th June

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 18 June 2017

New essays and poetry: And I Nearly Said I Loved Him, by Larry McCluskey; Ballast, a poem by Catherine Foley; The End of the Season, by John MacKenna; George Townshend by Brendan McNamara;The Life Gifted, by Olive Travers; Faoi Cheilt/ Hidden, a poem in Irish and English by Art Ó Súilleabháín; Harmonica, by Mary Lavery Carrig

Sunday 11th June

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 11 June 2017

New essays and poetry: The Good People, a poem by Vincent Woods; The Wood, by Mary O’Donnell; Remember Mitchelstown, by David Murray; Dropped Stitches, by Lani O’Hanlon; Sundial, by Denis Sampson; Basil, Basilicus, a poem also by Mary O’Donnell

Sunday 4th June

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 4 June 2017

Part 2 marking 200 years of Dun Laoghaire Harbour: The Metals, by Tim Carey; On Belonging by Julie Parsons; Liberation and the Train to Belfast by Nuala Hayes; Bonny Shoals of Herring by Leo Cullen

Sunday 28th May

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 28 May 2017

200 Years of Dun Laoghaire Harbour - : Dún Laoghaire Harbour: A cause of hope? by Captain Simon Coate; The Wild Call, by Evelyn Conlon; Swimmer, and Three Snapshots From The House of Fiction, two poems by Gerald Dawe; Storytown, by Joseph O’Connor; Clingeann na Cloig/ The Bells Ring Out, a poem in Irish and English, by Nuala Ní Dhomnaill

Sunday 21st May

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 21 May 2017

New essays and poetry: The Night They Raided John B’s, by Mae Leonard; Lilac Time, by John MacKenna; The Night Cannes Came To Baile na nGall, by Catherine Foley; So Much Depends, by Tiernan Henry; Rough Magic, by Conall Hamill

Sunday 14th May

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 14 May 2017

Recorded at Strokestown International Poetry Festival :The Raging Foam, a poem for Leland Bardwell, by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin; L'Irlande Profonde, by Paddy Bushe; Maggie and Frank, a poem by Noelle Lynskey; A Heart, by Doireann Ní Ghríofa; Roscommon Rain, a poem by James Harpur; Calling on Leland Bardwell, by Brian Leyden.

Sunday 7th May

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 7 May 2017

New essays and poetry: Let's Pretend, by Lani O'Hanlon; Lady Louisa's Bonnets, by Pat Dunne; Teaching 2D, by Catherine Foley; A Photograph from the Funeral of Bobby Sands, by Brian Farrell; Fergus the Camper Van, by Kate Kerrigan; Three Triads for Ethan's Communion, a poem by Mary O'Malley.

Sunday 30th April

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 30 April 2017

New essays and poetry: Ecstatic Dancing, by Rachel Fehily; The Ghosts of Rue de Bièvre, by Conall Hamill; Bottle of Smoke, a poem by Paddy Kehoe; Queen of the May, by Mary Lavery Carrig; Liberty Hall, April 1917, by Nell Regan; Dawn Meeting, by Frank Kavanagh.

Sunday 23rd April

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 23 April 2017

New essays and poetry: Darkness and Light, by Joe Taylor; The Day That Was, by Rosaleen McDonagh, read by Ronnie Fay; Changing Violins, by Tom Ryan; When Gooch Met Jacko, by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh; Passport, by Catherine Heaney.

Sunday 16th April

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 16 April 2017

New essays and poetry: Kells in Monaco, a poem by James Harpur; Hen Talk, by Olive Travers; Men from the Mission, by Cyril Kelly; Sun Dancing on Easter Sunday Morning, by Áine Ryan; Cerato, a poem by Lani O’Hanlon; From Dunshaughlin to the GPO, by David Murray

Sunday 9th April

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 9 April 2017

New essays and poetry: Handbags and Scruples, by AM Cousins; A Tale of the Great War, by Fred Johnston; Spell, a poem by Mary O’Malley; Death in West Cork, by Jody Clarke; On Stage, by Mae Leonard; Ag an bhFronta, 1918, a poem in Irish and English, by Mícheál Ó hAodha

Sunday 2nd April

Podcast: 2 April 2017

New short essays: Investiture at Buckingham Palace, by Christopher Fitz-Simon; The Missing Painting, by Catherine Foley; CCR: A Unique Place of Education, by Eamon Maher; Wild Swimming, by Lani O’Hanlon; Rite of Passage, by Cyril Kelly; Clonroche, a poem, also by Lani O’Hanlon

Sunday 26th March

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 26 March 2017

New short essays: A Croppy Boy, by Leo Cullen; Mothering Moments, by Mae Leonard; The Hard Border, by Conall Hamill; The Snap, by Nuala Hayes; My W.O.R.L.D, a poem by Sara Shine

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